Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
A visceral, elemental experience
Stated Age
19 years old
First Fill Spanish Oak Oloroso Cask
Number of bottles
56.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2019
Added on
17 Apr 2019 11:34 pm by dramspotter
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 539.01

39 × in wishlist

88 × member ratings

105 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig SMWS 29.260

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.97 points

  1. Ainulindale scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    A very meaty experience indeed. It's warm, it's subtle yet in your face and doesn't shy away from what it is. Excellent!
    • Nose
      92 92
      At first, some gentle peat followed by some solventy smell leading to nuts of all sorts. On the background, sea salt. The smell finishes on old oak and chocolate.
      With water, the solvent fades away to flowers, light rose and peach. The peat softens to bonfire and some hazelnut is coming through
    • Taste
      94 94
      Peat is strong yet turns quite immediately to leather, old tobacco leaves and nuts with a background of peach. The chocolate at the very end of these layers is very smooth
      With water, the chocolate overpowers the beginning of the mouth yet rose comes through, followed by walnut and a hint of hazelnut and then some red berries. The feelings gets kind of creamy, not that much though. The tobacco softens and melts with the leather.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finish starts soft on tobacco then builds up its heat to chocolate. With water, dark chocolate and tobacco melt together in a very smooth fashion, leaving the mouth coated with a very nice lingering flowery feel.

  2. FernetBranco scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Issue Price in May 2019: £ 165.00

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Ground coffeebeans, espresso, lots of antique oak, lovely old leather notes, furniture polish, mahogany, humidor, old books, funky whiffs of cannabis smoke, a touch of flintstone, salty seaspray, tar, herbal peat, wet earth, moss, mushrooms, plum sauce, venison, game, beef stock and cooling menthol. Distant notes of bonfire and seashore. Very nice and seductive. Love this nose. Let’s see what the palate brings.

    Mouth: Very thick and resinous arrival on dark seasalt chocolate, coffee liquor and espresso. Blackberries, dark cherries, raisins soaked in PX. Cigar smoke. Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and black pepper. Gets very meaty, with Hoisin sauce and grilled beef. Tangy and salty seaweed notes and hints of herbal peat in the long finish give away the islay heritage of this oakmonster.

    Comments: A lovely dark sherry bomber with faint hints of the sea. If you sometimes enjoy get beaten over the head with a sherried baseball bat, you’re good to go. I am one of those masochists, it seems. /92


  4. wisekycourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Burnt wood smoke and its peat bed, that's the first impression!
    N: macerated wood, greasy peat, barbecue grease smell, oily smoke, slightly burned meat, butter sauce, walnut finishes
    B: almost sweet spices, it's creamy, on caramel, red fruits, a bit of chocolate, peat is less pronounced, but the meaty side is even stronger!
    F: intense on peat, macerated red fruits, tenacious woody and vanilla rotie in the end!

  5. AleLachie scored this whisky 97 points Newbie

    An incredibly well made mix of sherry and peat!
    The winey notes are superbly married with the hints of smoke coming from the whisky!!
    Maybe the best Laph i have ever had!!!
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      97 97

  6. breflex scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    For me this was the highlight of feis ile and campbeltown festival 2019.
    Delicate peat with sherry thickness. Full of dark sherry notes. Awesome!

  7. whiskybahnhof scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    For us it is one Hell of a Malt and one of the best ever tasted... so complex and very gentle in all its dirtyness.

    Figs, Vanilla Custart, Dough, Liquorice, Cigars, Leather and a very gentle bit of that beautiful burning rubberboot in an Hospital Laphroaig smokyness.
    Nice wood tones, very sweet, pears, sweeeeet coffee, warm honey, some sea, some spice and definetely a lote of sweet pie that was too long in the oven but in a very nice way... complex, dirty, gently, sweet...
    Raisins and one more Cake, dark Beer notes and gentle Wood. long, very long.

    We loved him!

  8. kimyikshu69 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    The best sherry laphroaig so far i tried from this label edition, pretty strong strength, yet, very prominent sherry and peaty palate. Iconic bottle and i definitely remember it in my collection. You better put it in your collection asap, it will surge to an unaffordable price.

  9. bigotry7070 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Spanish Oak Oloroso & Laphroaig is a perfect match.

  10. Belli700 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88


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